Thursday, May 23, 2013

Day 1: Pile of Dirt and an Egress!

We have a pile of dirt and an egress window! The very first object that will be built into our house! Our PM emailed us this morning with a picture of Day 1. Luckily, hubby was in town today and was able to get a few more pics. They cleared the trees (there were many) and began leveling. He said we'll have a basement next week!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Should we have received a detailed timeline?

We had our pre-construction meeting with our PM late last week and he did tell us that they would be knocking down trees early this week and digging and possibly pouring foundation by late this week. That's all the info we received regarding plans. I notice that many of the blogs I read have a detailed timeline of their building process. We're we supposed to get this info this early? If not, when do they usually inform us of what lies ahead? Unfortunately, we can't do frequent drive-bys since we live out of state :(

Friday, May 17, 2013

Pre-Construction Meeting!

Finally!!! I've been waiting to have this meeting for what seems like forever because now this means we're extremely close to starting the building process. We met our PM today and he seems very nice. He told us they are knocking down trees on our lot on Monday (sad the trees have to go) and they will be digging and pouring our basement late next week!

The meeting took about 1.5hrs and we thoroughly went over all of the options we chose, the plot plan and electrical placement. We added outlets in two of the kitchen cabinets (at the base), so that my husband can later install under-cabinet accent lights. We also added a phone line and a couple extra outlets in the unfinished room in the basement.

My favorite part of the meeting? Our PM ok'd our special request to expand our mudroom (or lack thereof), by eliminating the closet that is right beside it. This will allow us to have a larger mudroom with room to build an area to sit for our shoes and hooks to hang our coats!

Our SR said that they are going with another fireplace surround company and there were a few new granite choices. We switched from Venetian Gold to Wheatfield. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a pic of the new color but its lighter than the Venetian gold and doesn't have the black specs in it. It's almost a taupe color. Love it!!!

Overall, we're very pleased so far and extremely excited to see progress now :)